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The Club

Johnson, Boswell, and the Friends Who Shaped an Age
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Length: 15 hrs and 1 min
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Prize-winning biographer Leo Damrosch tells the story of "the Club", a group of extraordinary writers, artists, and thinkers who gathered weekly at a London tavern.

In 1763, the painter Joshua Reynolds proposed to his friend Samuel Johnson that they invite a few friends to join them every Friday at the Turk's Head Tavern in London to dine, drink, and talk until midnight. Eventually, the group came to include among its members Edmund Burke, Adam Smith, Edward Gibbon, and James Boswell. It was known simply as "the Club". 

In this captivating audiobook, Leo Damrosch brings alive a brilliant, competitive, and eccentric cast of characters. With the friendship of the "odd couple" Samuel Johnson and James Boswell at the heart of his narrative, Damrosch conjures up the precarious, exciting, and often brutal world of late 18th-century Britain. This is the story of an extraordinary group of people whose ideas helped to shape their age - and our own.

©2019 Leo Damrosch (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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Gripping Portrait of an Age

What delightful, brilliant characters! Gives a good picture of the 18th century through entertaining & insightful pictures of its literary, economic & political giants: Samuel Johnson (first English Dictionary), Adam Smith (founder of economics), Edmund Burke (statesman & advocated for American independence), Francis “Fannie” Burney (novelist), and many others. Doctor Johnson and his lecherous side-kick and biographer, James Boswell, weave their way through this book.
It’s probably most interesting to people who have heard these names before, but it also works as an introduction to the intellectual world of the Age of Enlightenment. My only quibble is that it pays only glancing attention to David Hume, upon whose work all of modern western philosophy rests.
But, perhaps, the author wanted to keep it light.

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Wonderful visit to the literary past

By intertwining the mini biographies of his main characters, Professor Damrosch has given us deep insight into the literary past. The characters come alive in discussions and conversations and we learn plenty of interesting facts along the way. For instance, most people in the 18th Century did not how to swim.

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